In his piece on the reactionary nature of the president’s policies, Fred Barnes reminds us just how much Democrats have increased spending under their watch:
Since his rebuke in last Novem-ber’s election, the president has talked up deficit reduction. His new plan, he says, will shrink the deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade. The Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee, which has far more credibility than Obama on budget numbers, says the “actual deficit reduction” is $1.4 trillion, none of it from spending cuts. The Obama plan would leave federal spending at 24 percent of GDP in 2021, the staff said, “a stunning 18 percent increase in the size of government relative to the historical average.” And it would add $9.7 trillion to the national debt over 10 years.
Emphasis added. The federal government doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.
If the president is serious about deficit reduction, he’ll put forward — or at least sign onto — a plan that reduces federal spending to levels closer to the historical average.